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And Now, the California Budget Cuts

What’s to be done about California’s budget woes? Well, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is cutting way back on spending on such superfluous concerns as “health, welfare, transport and the environment,” according to the BBC. But really, this’ll hurt him more than it’ll hurt ... oh, never mind.

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Larry’s List: End-of-the-Oughts Edition

It’s been kind of a lousy decade, but things are looking up. An Indian minister says TV works as birth control, coffee might not kill you, and there’s plenty more where that came from. Today’s list after the jump.

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The 20 Best Socially Conscious Movies of the Decade

The last 10 years were abundant with films that pushed limits and attacked real issues in real time. Here are 20 of the best socially conscious, topical, progressive movies from a crazy decade.

Posted on Dec 31, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / kimubert

Couple Stranded for 3 Days After GPS Misguides Them Into Wilderness

John and Starry Bush-Rhoads of Reno, Nev., made the biggest little blunder. Their GPS apparently directed the Rhoadses off the road they wanted to be on and into the Oregonian wilderness, where they were stuck for three days. Thanks to a more loyal GPS chip in one of their cell phones, they were eventually rescued.

Posted on Dec 29, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Mary Altaffer

One Day We’ll All Be Terrorists

The gravest threat we face is not from Islamic extremists, but the codification of draconian procedures that deny Americans basic civil liberties and due process.

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Wikimedia Commons / Ansgar Walk

Global Warming on the Move

A new study says that global warming is on the move at the pace of a quarter of a mile each year, a seemingly minor shift that could have major consequences for plant and animal species that cannot easily adapt to rising temperatures.

Posted on Dec 26, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / Greenpeace International

Climate Discord: From Hopenhagen to Nopenhagen

The nonbinding, take-it-or-leave-it Copenhagen accord may be a failure, but the whole process has inspired a new generation of activists.

Posted on Dec 22, 2009 READ MORE


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en.cop15.dk

What Went Awry in Copenhagen?

A lot of hoopla, and even hope, went into this month’s Copenhagen climate convention, and leaders from a slew of nations showed up to try to strike an agreement. So why wasn’t a bigger, better deal reached by the end of their power huddle?

Posted on Dec 22, 2009 READ MORE


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AP / Anja Niedringhaus

U.S. Tries to Break Copenhagen Deadlock

In a move to ostensibly “save” the United Nations’ climate talks in Copenhagen, the U.S. has pledged to support a $100 billion multilateral fund to help poor countries adapt to climate change and develop environmentally friendly technologies.

Posted on Dec 17, 2009 READ MORE



Mark Fellman / WETA courtesy 20th Century Fox

Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ Awes the Skeptics

The film industry has produced no shortage of spectacles over the last hundred years, from “Ben Hur” to “Star Wars.” In terms of technological sorcery and visual wonder, James Cameron’s “Avatar” now ranks chief among them.

Posted on Dec 15, 2009 READ MORE


Copenhagen Climate Summit: The Empire’s New Clothes

As the United Nations’ climate summit enters its final week in the home country of Hans Christian Andersen, the notion that a binding agreement will come from this gathering looks more and more like a fairy tale.

Posted on Dec 15, 2009 READ MORE


Sarah Palin
AP / Ross D. Franklin

Palin’s Climate Epiphany

Back in the heady days of 2008, as governor of our most at-risk state, Sarah Palin sounded a dire warning against climate change. What a difference a book tour makes.

Posted on Dec 15, 2009 READ MORE


Re-Volt-ing Dance Could Make You Go Blind

GM’s new Volt may be able to drive for 40 miles without a drop of gas, but, based on the singing and dancing in this video, it’s clear that the brains that bankrupted this company are still very much in charge.

Posted on Dec 14, 2009 READ MORE


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Copenhagen Protests Call for Emission Cuts

The Copenhagen climate conference brought not only heads of states to discuss the environment but tens of thousands of demonstrators demanding action by the leaders to cut emissions. Later, violence led to arrests ...  Update

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Fair and Balanced (and Phony) Science

Evading the challenges of climate change—and the human responsibility to save the planet—is simple enough even for the laziest citizen.

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The ‘Human’ Factor Missing in Copenhagen

Countries are wrangling over everything about human-induced climate change except the increasing number of humans inducing it.

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Take Me to Your Climate Leader

“Politicians talk, leaders act” read the sign outside the Bella Center in Copenhagen on the opening day of the United Nations climate summit.

Posted on Dec 8, 2009 READ MORE


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EPA Moves Toward Regulation of Greenhouse Gases

Who needs Congress? The EPA officially determined Tuesday that “greenhouse gases (GHGs) threaten the public health and welfare of the American people.” Under the Clean Air Act and with the blessing of the Supreme Court, the agency might now be able to regulate emissions that contribute to the climate crisis. (continued)

Posted on Dec 7, 2009 READ MORE



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Corporate Farmer Calls Upon Sen. Feinstein to Influence Environmental Dispute

Wealthy corporate farmer Stewart Resnick (shown above with wife Lynda) has written check after check to U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s campaigns, and when he needed her help, he got quick results.

Posted on Dec 6, 2009 READ MORE


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Richard Ellis

Crunch Time for the Climate

President Obama has shifted travel arrangements so he can be present at the final negotiating sessions of this month’s Copenhagen climate summit. The move, a result of international pressure, will have Obama making two trips to Scandinavia, one to pick up his Nobel Peace Prize on Wednesday in Oslo, then again Dec. 18 for the key Copenhagen discussions.

Posted on Dec 5, 2009 READ MORE


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landcoalition.org

U.N. to Investigate Climate E-Mail Controversy

The apparently deliberately timed release of leaked e-mails stolen from climate scientists at the University of East Anglia has created problems for the global warming cause just as world leaders are preparing to convene at the Copenhagen climate change summit, and now the United Nations is launching its own investigation into the incident.

Posted on Dec 4, 2009 READ MORE


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AP / Haraz N. Ghanbari

Obama on His Own

In Copenhagen, a major binding agreement at the global warming summit is not to be. Not this year. In Washington, the Senate is so divided that it became clear months ago that climate legislation will be pushed off until 2010 at the earliest. Still, the United States can meet the challenge of a world demanding that it take the lead on global warming. Here’s how.

Posted on Dec 3, 2009 READ MORE


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The Copenhagen Conundrum

Climate-change skeptics are barking up the wrong smokestack. The shell game being played isn’t with the science, it’s with the solutions.

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Flickr / M. Janicki by way of popsci.com

Lab-Grown Pig Even Vegetarians Can Eat

Dutch scientists are doing their bit to address the food crisis, the climate crisis and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals by growing pork meat from muscle cells harvested from a live pig. Their hope is to turn the cells from one animal into the meat from a million without killing any. (continued)

Posted on Nov 30, 2009 READ MORE



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Halt! Who Grows There?

Citing the fact that industrialized countries cause much more environmental destruction than loggers and farmers in the Amazon, Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has called on Western countries—“gringos”—to help halt deforestation.

Posted on Nov 28, 2009 READ MORE


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wikimedia.org

China Sets Its Greenhouse Gas Target

A day after the Obama administration issued a provisional target for greenhouse gases, China—the world’s largest emitter of gases—has jumped on the bandwagon and announced it too has set a target to slow its gas emissions by 2020.

Posted on Nov 27, 2009 READ MORE


Purloined E-Mails Don’t Change the Facts

Stop hyperventilating, all you climate change deniers. The purloined e-mail correspondence published by skeptics last week hasn’t stopped the ice caps from melting.

Posted on Nov 27, 2009 READ MORE



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New Kind of Power Plant Gets Energy From Salt Water

A Norwegian company thinks it can squeeze enough electricity out of the natural phenomenon of osmosis to power China. Right now the company’s plant can barely heat a tea kettle, but officials hope to power a village in a few years, and a lot more after that.

Posted on Nov 25, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Oded Balilty

Refuse Allegiance to Coal

There are some 614 coal-fired power plants in the United States, and it is up to us to shut them down. No one in the White House will do it. No one in Congress will do it. And no one at the coming U.N. climate change conference in Copenhagen will do it.

Posted on Nov 23, 2009 READ MORE


William Shatner: Envirophiliac

Capt. Kirk is climbing a mountain. Why? “Because I’m in love.” There isn’t much to say about this inexplicable display of environmental arousal except this: If Bill Shatner loves the environment, so should you.

Posted on Nov 17, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / Shazari

Lousy Sex Life? Blame Plastic

A study has found that workers exposed to high levels of bisphenol A, a chemical widely used in the manufacture of plastics and other consumer goods, were at least four times likelier to report sexual problems, including erectile dysfunction. (continued)

Posted on Nov 11, 2009 READ MORE


Former Vice President Al Gore addresses the American Constitution Society on the threat to the Constitution from President Bush's domestic wiretap policy, Monday, Jan. 16, at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington.
AP / Susan Walsh

Breaking the Law for the Environment

“Illegal protest” can count a new baritoned bedfellow. In an interview ahead of the Copenhagen climate change conference, former Vice President Al Gore pronounced civil disobedience to be justified, believing that the global warming crisis requires more forceful methods of political activism.

Posted on Nov 6, 2009 READ MORE


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welcomeargentina.com

Politicians Fined for Environmental Negligence

An Argentine court has fined the country’s environmental secretary and two politicians for failing to clean up the polluted Riachuelo River that winds through Buenos Aires, a move unique and commendable for its accountability of politicians to citizens’ concerns.

Posted on Oct 29, 2009 READ MORE


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China and India Join Forces on Climate

China and India, which together represent well over a third of the world’s population, will be negotiating in concert at the upcoming climate summit in Copenhagen. The two booming economies produce most of the developing world’s CO2, but they’ve also made big commitments—China especially—to ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 26, 2009 READ MORE



Collage: Flickr / Miro-Foto and Jesse Michael Nix

Some Americans Won’t Believe in Global Warming Until They’re Actually Melting

In just three short years, Americans have gotten 20 points dumber. That’s if you count a belief in the climate crisis, and the mounting science behind it, as a sign of brains.

Posted on Oct 22, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / ItzaFineDay

Trick or Treat for Climate Change

Climate-change activists, from pranksters to presidents, are stepping up the pressure by staging elaborate stunts.

Posted on Oct 20, 2009 READ MORE



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The Phone Made Out of Corn

The Samsung Reclaim is an odd little device that raises the question: Why isn’t everything made out of corn?

Posted on Oct 11, 2009 READ MORE



World Resources Institute / Jonathan Talbot

Carbon Market Begs to Be Robbed

The U.N. is pioneering a carbon market that would allow rich countries to pay poor countries not to cut down forests. It’s just the kind of feel-good program that could save the planet—or make loggers and organized criminals filthy rich.

Posted on Oct 5, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / langalex

The Dark Side of Green Energy

Renewable energy projects are sprouting up across the country, much to the delight of environmentalists. Or is it? Green power, it turns out, is very thirsty. Developers are requesting billions of gallons of water annually to cool, cleanse and maintain their solar farms and other projects—billions more than we may have.

Posted on Sep 30, 2009 READ MORE


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Richard Ellis

Lowered Expectations

President Obama has lowered the bar for December’s Copenhagen climate change conference by talking down the importance of arriving at an agreement on global warming by the end of the year. Obama’s position contradicts the United Nations and others who see the conference in Denmark as a crucial moment for stemming climate change.

Posted on Sep 26, 2009 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Global Warming Denied, Plus Iran’s Nukes

Tony Blankley, the “Right” of “Left, Right & Center,” stuns the panel by declaring global warming a phony issue. The gang also chews over Iran’s nuclear program and debates what should be done about the banks.

Posted on Sep 25, 2009 READ MORE


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Google Earth Maps Out a Catastrophic Threat

Who’s that booming baritone talking about the environment? Al Gore stars in a promotional video developed by Google Earth that shows environment degradation via the popular mapping program, a sort of “climate change simulator” of ice-sheet melting and rising sea levels.

Posted on Sep 25, 2009 READ MORE


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polarice.com

Investors Against Climate Change

We normally think of capitalists as ravaging the Earth with profit in their eyes. While that still might be true, 181 of the world’s largest investors have issued a united call for action against climate change, most importantly a binding treaty to cut pollution and boost funding for low-carbon technologies.

Posted on Sep 17, 2009 READ MORE


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businessweek.com

The Body Shop Under Fire

An ethical row has erupted after the supposedly eco- and human rights-friendly cosmetic provider The Body Shop was accused of buying palm oil from an organization that pressed for the eviction of Colombian peasant families in order to build a new palm plantation. Riot cops evicted the farming families in July.

Posted on Sep 13, 2009 READ MORE


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guardian.co.uk

Environmentalists Assail French ‘Green Tax’

A plan by French President Nicolas Sarkozy to slap a “carbon tax” on all forms of energy except electricity has met both popular resistance and activist snubbing. Two-thirds of French voters oppose such a tax, and environmentalists have chimed in to condemn it as halfhearted and wimpy.

Posted on Sep 13, 2009 READ MORE


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